According to the 2016 World Energy Issues Monitor1, electric storage features in second place on the list of top critical uncertainties keeping CEOs, ministers and energy experts awake at night.
Superhydrophobic surfaces toward real-world applications
Soft Matter and Wetting research group at Aalto University published insights about superhydrophobic surfaces in Science recently1. The non-wetting surfaces have experienced an enormous boost of interest after the observation of superhydrophobicity and self-cleaning effect in natural lotus leaves.Read More
Complex fluid/fluid systems, such as emulsions, gels and various surfactant solutions, are the basis of most of our everyday consumer products from detergents to healthcare, but also found in biology and industrial processes such as in enhanced oil recovery and mineral processing.Typically these complex systems include surface active constituents that creates adsorbed layer on the fluid-fluid interfaces. Properties of this adsorbed layer are important to define quality of the final product.Read More
While contact angle (CA) goniometry involving placing a drop of liquid on a surface and measuring the resulting angle has been around for many years, we have only recently developed a system to account for the underlying surface’s micro-scale roughness.Read More
Surface tension of inkjet inks and the wettability of the printing substrate are important factors influencing the final printing quality and process reliability. Surface tension and interfacial interactions can be explored with various tensiometry technologies: Equilibrium and dynamic surface tension measurements can be utilized in ink formulation and development.Read More
Transformers are used by the electrical industry to transfer electrical energy from one circuit to another. The oil surrounding the coils in a power transformer provide cooling, insulation and protection against corona and arcing. It is normally obtained by fractional distillation and subsequent treatment of crude petroleum. This is why this oil is also known as mineral insulating oil.Read More
Topics: Interfacial Tension and Analysis
How does QCM-D work, really? Perhaps you know that a QCM-D sensor is made out of quartz, which is a piezoelectric material. But what does that really mean? And how can that property of the quartz give you information about how much mass you have put on your sensor, or how soft that material on the sensor is?Read More
Proteins are vital for life and perform a wide range of essential biochemical tasks in all living organisms. Cells of these organisms are hence under a constant pressure to maintain an optimal protein environment, assuring all proteins are correctly folded and functional.Read More
Various types of artificial materials are being utilized as implants in all fields of medicine. The surface properties of the implant determine its interactions with the surrounding host tissue. Physicochemical properties of the surface, like wettability and surface roughness, are of prime importance for the optimization of adhesion, spreading and proliferation of cells.